|The Lost World (1925): |
Silent Film, South America, and Dinos. YES Please!
Amazoniana. That is what this is.
Last night I watched the 1941 film The Lady Eve for the first time. The real treat was the intro. For the first few minutes of the film we see Henry Fonda's character leaving the Amazon after a year. He is a wealthy heir to brewing money but his true passion lies with snakes... South American snakes of course.
|Gordon Willey: how can we compete with that style?|
Aside from the weird Polynesian image being used to represent a native Amazonian female, there is a very interesting sexual thing going on here. The Amazonian female is both a sexual object, perfect for field flings, but ultimately discardable when one returns to reality. She is also not a 'real' woman. She was never even close to a marriage prospect so she doesn't even qualify in conversation. She is Female. She isn't a Woman. No one questions it. In 1941 I suppose this idea wasn't problematic.
I wonder if things have changed very much. How do Western eyes REALLY view the bare-breasted Amazonian female in your standard National Geographic photo spread? The darker parts of me think that she is still a sexually charged curiosity above anything else.
I'm sure none of you every want to watch a film with me ever again!
EDIT: Thanks to archive.org you can watch all of the The Lost World! http://archive.org/details/lost_world